The Murder of Wanda Walkowicz

By Elise Haley AKA Crime Shark

The Murder of Wanda Walkowicz

By Elise Haley aka Crime Shark

Wanda Walkowicz was 11 years old when she disappeared on April 2, 1973. She went to the grocery store, as she often did, to pick up groceries for her mother Joyce.  She spent $8.52, purchasing tuna, milk, cupcakes and cat food according to a D & C article.  She also purchased Pall Mall cigarettes for her mom.  It was after Wanda left the store that she disappeared.

Wanda was found the next day, April 3, by State Trooper Tom Zimmer.  Her body was towards the bottom of an embankment at the Bay Bridge rest area off Route 104 in Webster, NY.  Wanda had been strangled and sexually assaulted.

Law enforcement quickly noticed the similarities between Wanda’s murder and the 1971 murder of Carmen Colon.  Both had been killed by strangulation and sexually assaulted.  Furthermore, each girl had double initials and were found in a city whose name also started with the same letter as their initials.

Although law enforcement received many tips, they were unable to make an arrest.  Parents grew fearful of letting their children out to play.  The community felt terrified especially since the crimes remained unsolved.  On November 28, 1973, the killer would strike again.

Tune in tomorrow to read the story of Michelle Maenza. 

If you or anyone you know had an information about the murder of Wanda Walkowicz, please contact the New York State Police at (585) 398-4100. You may also email them at:


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